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Originally Posted by HE_WHO_IS View Post

But whats the point of coupling this new heat source to a woefully inefficient steam turbine design?

High pressure steam turbine ~92-94% efficiency
Intermediate pressure steam turbine ~93-96% efficiency
Low pressure steam turbine ~96-98% efficiency (dry, expansion line)
Generator ~98% efficient (mechanical to electrical power)


Turbines have been arround for quite some time now and have become very efficient. The low efficiency you speak of is not from the turbines but rather the limitations of the steam cycle and there is not really a viable way round that at the moment. For further reading look up Carnot cycle and the Rankine cycle with reheat (which is how most power plants operate).

Once we can go direct heat > electricity on a large scale (like a giant TEC) we can do away with the steam cycle and a large amount of moving parts, but that is a long way off.
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